Perspectives on Grieving
Loss happens: a death, an illness, a divorce, a job loss, and injury. The grief that comes with loss is normal but painful. How will we cope when it happens to us? Will we know the right things to say and do when it happens to someone else?
From Dr. Bowe's article, some basic truths about grief: Grief can be complicated, and there are several things we need to remember when we are going through it or helping someone in the throes of it.
The Grief Index 2003 Survey reports that grief costs U.S. businesses over $74 billion a year due to the following types of losses...
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This was written a little over a year after my mother died of Pancreatic Cancer on October 23rd, 2008. The disease devastated her body and mind and I was traumatized by her suffering. My grief began the moment she was diagnosed and continues to this day. In the first year I desperately grieved the loss of my mom – she was my best friend, my mentor and my role model.
In that moment one thought enveloped him — This existence is over — and was immediately swallowed by another: This existence is more precious than ever before. Because there were five other children out there, “and I’m now the be-all and end-all of their life.”
[Our goal in sharing articles such as this on death and dying in America, is to further our mission of normalizing grief in our society and encouraging families to "have the conversation" as a way to reduce fear and stress, open communication and prepare families for end of life decision making. It can actually improve the quality of life.”
Don’t leave me!” the little girl with pink ribbons in her hair sobbed as her aunt and young cousin said good-bye to her at the Denver airport. I was returning from a conference in Colorado and was sitting next to the little girl and her grandmother.
"In my experience, when something like this takes place, people in a family are often willing to take on responsibility and guilt rather than admit something even scarier: that accidents happen; that even the most ordinary among us live in a world of risk and randomness that we don’t control. Sometimes, blaming ourselves feels safer than this realization that the world is an unpredictable and even dangerous place. But self-blaming and shame isolate and shrivel the human spirit.
Meghan O’Rourke, author of “The Long Goodbye” gets it right again.